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Many parks roofed facilities now open for reservation


Washington State Parks announced yesterday that cabins, yurts, and other roofed accommodations in more than 30 state parks are now open and available to reserve.

These facilities are located in diverse state park landscapes across Washington—from the coast to Hood Canal, Puget Sound, San Juan Islands, Cascades forests, Columbia Gorge, Okanogan Valley, shrub-steppe Ice Age flood lands, and the Spokane area.

Roofed accommodations at state parks include cabins, vacation homes, yurts, and rustic shelters. Teepees, platform tents, and even a fire lookout fall into the “rustic shelter” category.

Roofed accommodations will be cleaned and sanitized to COVID-19 standards between uses. To give staff adequate time for these safety procedures, check-in time is now 4 p.m. instead of 2:30 p.m. Check-out time is still 11 a.m.

Those staying at cabins, rustic shelters and many vacation houses must bring their own bedding, linens, and towels. More details about which vacation homes do provide linens can be found at

Reservations can be made online at or by phone at 888-CAMPOUT (888-226-7688).

Some helpful links:

• Status of state parks (which parks are open for day-use only, camping and roofed accommodations, and which are closed). This information is updated as soon as parks’ status change.

• State Parks COVID-19 response page with guidelines for responsible recreation and frequently asked questions.

A look back at park closures

Following Gov. Jay Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Washington State Parks closed on March 25. Many parks reopened only for day use in early May, followed later by campground openings in counties that moved into Phase 2 of the governor’s Safe Start plan. Some Phase 2 county jurisdictions requested that State Parks not reopen camping immediately.


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